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Insight: Capitol Chat: Texas / Sports Madness / Grant-Lee Phillips / Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam

Published March 28, 2013

Capitol Chat: Texas - Texas Governor Rick Perry recently made waves in California with an ad and a visit to the state to encourage businesses to move to Texas. Just how different is Texas from California? What are the political differences and issues that would make for a "better business climate" as claimed by Perry? What would businesses gain by moving there? And do Texans really want a bunch of California businesses taking over their state? Houston Chronicle Reporter Dug Begley joins us for a discussion about Texas vs. California.

Sports Madness - March Madness is in full swing as the Sweet Sixteen begin their showdowns and betting on brackets - some not even basketball related, like the Public Radio Bracket - is overtaking lives. People who normally aren't all that interested in sports find themselves rooting for unknown schools and there is an impact on work-place productivity. What is it with Americans' obsession with sports? Why do we love an underdog? And why do we seem to put athletes on a pedestal, even though we know very well that they're just human beings like the rest of us? We'll attempt to root out these issues and more with Sacramento-based blogger, author and sports journalist Skye Dickenson.

Grant-Lee Phillips - Singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips is a Stockton native and will be in town to perform at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City this Friday. With his former band, Grant-Lee Buffalo, he toured with REM, the Cranberries, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins, though some might now him best from his role as the Town Troubador on "Gilmore Girls." His new album, a solo work, is "Walking in the Green Corn." We'll talk with Phillips about his work and hear a song recorded in our studios.

Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam Nick Brunner, the host of Capital Public Radio's Blue Dog Jam, joins us with some new music from They Might Be Giants, new soul by Charles Bradley and information about Public Radio Music Month.


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